Stealsies: Donal’s Auntie Ann’s Banana Bread

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Banana bread, just out of the oven, smothered in butter and accompanied by a big cup of tea. Is there anything better? And as it’s made of Bananas it’s totally healthy and, ahem, good for you. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


Makes 8 mini  or 2 larger loaves.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

You’ll Need:

110g butter
190g caster sugar
2 large eggs
240g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 large bananas


1.     Preheat the oven to 180oC.

2.     Cream the sugar and the butter in a bowl with a hand held mixer until light & pale. Add in one egg & a little flour and mix through, repeat with the other egg & the rest of flour and baking soda, until everything is mixed through & smooth.
3.     Peel the bananas & mash them with the back of a fork.  Add them to the bowl with the vanilla extract & mix through.
Pour the mix into a well greased loaf tin & place in an oven for approximately 50 minutes. Cover it with tinfoil after 25 minutes to stop it browning too much on top if you need to.

4.     Insert a metal skewer into the centre of the loaf & if it comes out clean the banana bread is ready.  Remove from the loaf tin & place on a wire rack to cool.

Recipe pilfered from The Good Mood Food Blog.


Spicy Lamb Moussaka

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Confession time: Until last night I had no idea what Moussaka consisted of. I had a vague notion that it was a food dish but that was really as far as it went.

Turns out Moussaka is a relatively straight forward meal to prepare. Think of it as Greek lasagne.  I’m sure it could be adapted to fit what you have in the presses for a less traditional dish.

It does however require apt attention in the preparation which has a number of steps so make sure you aren’t distracted before you start.


Serves 4.

Prep Time : 25 minutes.

Cooking time: 45 minutes More

Red Lentil, Kidney Bean, Chickpea & Chilli Soup


Getting home close to 7pm on a week night never puts one in much of a mood for  standing over a stove for 2 hours stirring,  sifting, reducing etcetera etcetera.  The lure of the microwave dinner or worse the chipper can be just too great. Therefore I tend to go for recipes that are are not overly complicated & that are relatively quick to make.

This is never more the case than when you’re feeling a little under the weather as myself & the ninja were last week. This warm spicy soup is brilliant for just such a night. It’s super easy & the chickpeas & kidney beans give it a lovely hearty texture so it feels like a full meal.


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Comfort Food #2


Here endeth the Hangover.

Comfort Food


Beshoff’s Curry Chips with Mayo. Much needed today.

Stealsies: Butternut Squash Nomness

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This is a brilliant veggie recipe stolen from I Can Has Cook?

You’ll Need

(serves 2)

*     1 butternut squash

*     50g Puy lentils

*     1 onions , peeled, halved and thinly sliced

*     1 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped

*     1 tsp cumin seeds

*     1 tsp ground cumin

*     1 tsp ground cinnamon

*     1½ tsp sweet paprika

*      A pinch cayenne pepper

*     100g feta cheese , crumbled

*     20g pine nuts

*     1 tbsp chopped mint

*     1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

*     1/2 lemon , juiced

*     Seeds from ½ pomegranate (Couldn’t get my hands on a pomegranate but it was still delicious)

* Can be served with tahini yoghurt. More

Easy Peasy Banoffee Split

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The problem with this recipe is not only that it’s so easy and tempting but that ingredients are always to hand when a late night sugar pang attacks.

You’ll Need: (serves 2)

*     2 Bananas

*     Handful of Raisins

*     1 Tbsp flaked almonds

*     125 ml Double Cream

*     Vanilla Ice-cream

*     A few squares of Dark Chocolate

*     Splash of dark rum

*     Toffee sauce (The M&S toffee sauce is brilliant for this) More

Super Decadent Chocolate Cake

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You’ll Need:

*     3 – 100 gram, 60% cocoa milk chocolate bars (60% cocoa is good for this)

*     1 ½ cups of caster sugar

*     110g Butter

*     A pinch of salt

*     5 eggs


*     Pre-heat the your oven to 180 degrees.

*     Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over some simmering water.

*     And sugar, salt and butter to the melted chocolate.

*     When smooth, remove from heat and let cool for a couple of minutes.

*     Meanwhile, beat the eggs.

*     When the chocolate has cooled slightly, fold the eggs in and pour into an 8 inch greased cake pan.

*     Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a fork inserted comes out pretty clean.

*     Let cool for a few minutes and serve still warm with s scoop of vanilla ice-cream & a few raspberries.

I can vouch that while it doesn’t look the best, seconds were requested.

Sausage & Courgette Carbonara


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Until I tried this recipe I had always turned my nose up at courgettes as tasteless, boring vegetables. Instead they add a juicy crunch to this really simple dish.

You Need:

*     3 large good quality sausages. I used Jane Russell’s Italian Fennell &   Pimento sausages.

*     2 Smoky Rashers or Three slices of Parma Ham

*     Fusilli Pasta

*    2 Large Eggs

*     1 Courgette

*     100 ml Double Cream

*     1 Lemon

*     Parmasen Cheese

*    Fresh Parsley (Must be fresh)

*     Olive Oil


*    Cook Pasta according to instructions. More

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